2002 Bouchard Pere et Fils Beaune "Teurons" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1317576 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Silky, smooth wine with acidity and sweet strawberry fruits. This is a glorious ripe, silky smooth wine, packed with sweet strawberry fruits and acidity. Yet is also has a firm structure of dry tannins to give it ageability.  (9/2004)

87-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good deep red. Aromas of black raspberry and smoke complicated by hints of pepper, tar, chocolate and leather. Suave, silky and rich for a Beaune wine, with the smoothness of the year in spades. Finishes ripe and juicy, with firm, fine tannins and very good length.  (3/2004)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 The very recent mise does not appear to have disturbed this is the least as the nose is both expressive and very fresh with lovely red pinot fruit and strong earth nuances that give way to firm, dusty, somewhat linear flavors yet the finish offers plenty of velvet and fine complexity. I suspect the SO2 has caused the finish to appear just a touch firmer than it really is and this should come around relatively quickly though hold well.  (1/2004)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The plush, satin-textured 2002 Beaune Teurons (domaine) displays a nose of strawberries, raspberries, and cherries. Rich, broad, soft, and appealing, it has a satin-textured, jellied character packed with sweet red fruits. This medium-bodied wine should be drunk over the next 6-7 years. (PR)  (6/2004)

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